Tampa Bay Times from St. Petersburg, Florida on September 16, 1980 · 5
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Tuesday, September 16, 1980
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ST. PETERSBURG TIMES TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1980 3C Tyrer, former NFL all-pro, shoots wife, commits suicide Former Kansas City Chiefs all-pro tackle Jim Tyrer shot and killed his wife early Monday, then committed suicide, Kansas City police reported. Police said Tyrer, 4 1 , and his wife, Martha, 40, were found in the upstairs bedroom of their two-story ranch home on the city's south side. A 1 7-year-old son told police he heard shots and found the bodies at 5:50 a.m. Two other children, ages 1 1 and 13, were asleep at the time. Officers said Tyrer and his wife each suffered a single gunshot from a .38-caliber wound to the head. Tyrer played offensive tackle for the Chiefs from 1961 through 1 973. An All-American at Ohio State, Tyrer Signed with the Dallas Texans club in 1961 and played there for two years before the team became the Kansas City Chiefs. He was on various all-pro teams from 1962 to 1971 and retired in 1974 after playing one year for Washington, Suspect held in death of gridder Police in Denton (Texas) arrested 2 1 -year-old Terry Wayne Williams on Monday and charged him with murder in the slaying of North Texas State University football star Bernard Jackson. Police said they were seeking a second suspect in the slaying, but also said officers investigating the case were convinced Williams fired the gun that killed Jackson. Jackson was gunned down outside a popular campus night spot early Friday. Officers had said Sunday they had issued a warrant for an accomplice in the killing. Davies most valuable in NASL Roger Davies, a 29-year-old striker whose 25 goals and 1 1 assists helped the Seattle Sounders post a North American Soccer League-record 25 victories, was nam? d Monday the NASL's Most Valuable Player for 1 980. Davies was chosen in a vote by the league's players. Davies, 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, finished third in NASL scoring and had nine game-winning goals for the Sounders. Dutch club gives up on Cruyff Dutch soccer champion Ajax Amsterdam has abandoned its hopes of signing its former star Johann Cruyff now with the Washington Diplomats of the NASL for a short playing period while the club is wrestling with a long injury list. Eric Vile of the Dutch Soccer Federation Pro Section said Cruyff cannot play for any Dutch club because he did not apply for a transfer to Holland before the July 1 5 deadline. Niatross draws No. 1 for Jug The No. 1 post position for the 35th annual running of the Little Brown Jug Pacing Classic at the Delaware (Ohio) County Fairgrounds Monday went to Niatross, winner of over $1-million this year. Eight horses were entered in the classic to be run Thursday, making it the smallest field since 1 965. Trenton Time drew the No. 2 position followed by Tylei B.; Tamis Man; Majestic Lovell; Tyrant; Storm Damage, and Denali. Flyers trade Dupont to Quebec Philadelphia Flyer defenseman Andre "Moose" Dupont, the 3 1-year-old veteran of two Stanley Cup championship years with the club, has been traded to the Quebec Nordiques for "future considerations." In his eight seasons with the Flyers, Dupont compiled 55 goals, 1 35 assists and accumulated more than 1 .800 penalty minutes a club career record. . . . The Stanley Cup champion New York Islanders have signed their top three choices in the 1 980 amateur draft, it was announced Monday by the N HL club. First-round choice Brent Sutter, brother of Islanders forward Duane Sutter, No. 2 choice goaltender Kelly Hrudey and No. 3 choice center Dave Simpson all signed undisclosed multi-year contracts. . , , The Los Angeles Kings announced they have signed right wing Dave Morrison, their second selection in the 1 980 N HL entry draft, and released veteran centers Syl Apps and Vic Venasky. Morrison, 18, is the son of former NHL player Jim Morrison. . . . John Harrington, a 22-year-old former right winger for the U.S. Olympic hockey team, signed a one-year contract Monday with the Swiss HC Lugano club. Also worth mentioning . . . Chris Evert Lloyd, suffering from migraine headaches and vomiting, Monday withdrew from the $200,000 Las Vegas Women's Tennis Tournament. The exact nature of Evert' s illness has not been disagnosed, according to a spokesman for the Women's Tennis Association. ... In NBA news Monday, the New Jersey Nets signed first-round draft pick Mike O'Koren, former University of North Carolina star, to a four-year contract worth about $1-million contract and veteran guard Gus Bailey was released by the Houston Rockets. . , . The New York City Marathon, already the world's largest marathon, will have 1 ,000 more runners than expected this year because of a clerical error. The 1979 race attracted a record 1 4,000 entries. Sports on the air CABLE TV 2:30 p.m. BASEBALL: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs, Ch. 6 7:30 p.m. Start of 4 V4 hours of continuous broadcasting by ESPN network. Ch. 9. KADIO 7:30 p.m. BASEBALL: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, WTRL ( 1490-AM), WTAN (1340-AM). 7:30 p.m. BASEBALL: Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves, WFLA (970-AM). DIAL V-A-C-U-U-M-S HOTLINE, for owe infoc motion Own a form modml tat for only AJ No finance charg No rental pap rxiptt No down payment for quaiifiod Duytrt Call AAPEN 360-95 i Mr MrCI.Hon w -l v pro football In admiration of Danielson: Associated Prasa ;j-r,J if 4m 11 1 y I 1 r uw Danielson set aside personal tragedy to lead Lions to victory Sunday. P0NTI AC, Mich. - The story of Detroit LionB quarterback Gary Danielson provides almost a clasuic study in the effect a field leader can have on a National Football League team. Danielson suffered a knee injury in the final exhibition game last year .and missed the entire season. Without him, the Lions were the NFL's worst team in 1979 with a 2-14 record. The lowly record was rewarded with the selection of Billy Sims in the college football draft, but Coach Monte Clark knew his fortunes still depended on Danielson. Sims has been sensational in the Lions' resurgent 1980 season a shocking 41-20 victory over Los Angeles and Sunday's solid 29-7 triumph over Green Bay. Sims rushed for 134 yards on 20 carries against the Packers and scored two touchdowns. After his first two weeks as a professional, Sims has a career total of five touchdowns and is leading the NFL in scoring this season. However, it was Danielson who won the admiration of friend and foe alike with his gutty performance against the Packers, playing just three days after the death of his infant daughter, Kaity. "I just felt that I had to play because so many people were depending on me," Danielson said. "The decision was easier because Kristie (his wife) is from a sports family herself, and she understood." Danielson handled the Packer blitz effectively and finished with 11 completions in 17 attempts for 246 yards. One of those completions was an 87-yard play in which the ball traveled about 10 yards through the air to Sims who tacked on the remaining 77 with sheer speed. "Billy Sims? He'll get a lot better," Danielson said. "I mean, he is just awesome, the way he runs with a football. What people ought to understand about him is how hard he works; he really wants to be a good player." It was Clark's first coaching victory over the Packers and he gave most of the credit to his quarterback even though rookie place-kicker Ed Murray booted five field goals. "Danielson deserves a lot of credit," Clark said. "The job he did under his circumstances of the last few days was remarkable." Danielson said the full impact of what he had done didn't really hit home until after victory was secure and reserve quarterback Jeff Komlo was sent into the game. "The only time I really felt bad, when tears came to my eyes, was when Jeff went in," Danielson said. "I started thinking; my wife is going home (to Indiana) for a few days and I'm going home to an empty house. I'm not looking forward to that. "The toughest two days were when I found out about Kaity being sick and the next day when I decided to go to practice. I didn't really practice very well, my mind was going in a lot of different directions. "But Friday night 1 went home and studied a little more. I decided if I expected my family to go on, I had to go on myself and I had to play." The Lions, 2-0, host the St. Louis Cardinals, 0-2, this Sunday in their home opener. Saints bench kicker who hooted Garo CompilsMrom AP, UP wir NEW ORLEANS Russell Erxleben, the man responsible for putting Garo Yepremian in a Tampa Bay Buccaneers uniform this season, was relieved of half of his kicking duties by the New Orleans Saints after the team signed Benny Ricardo, formerly with the Detroit Lion. The Saint announced that Erxleben duties will be confined to punting, and Ricardo will handle kickoffs, extra points and field goals. Erxleben, drafted higher in 1979 than any kicker in the history of the National Football League, missed a tying field goal against San Francisco on opening day and missed a 35-yarder against Chicago Sunday. Yet, Erxleben reacted positively to the announcement. "This year, I'm going to be the best punter in the NFL, and I think I can be," said Erxleben, whom the Saints chose over Yepremian as their place-kicker during training camp. Yepremian was waived, became a free agent and later signed with the Buccaneers. "I think Ricardo is a great kicker," Erxleben added. "He's going to help the team, and when he makes the first one, I'll be the first to congratulate him." Coach Dick Nolan said he still hasn't given up on the plans that caused him to make Erxleben the 11th player taken in the 1979 draft. "I told him I just wanted him to get his punting down pat," Nolan said. "That way, eventually, he could end up doing both." To make room for Ricardo on the roster, the Saints cut third-string quarterback Ed Burns and turned over the duties of holding on extra points and field goals to safety Tommy Myers and wide receiver Tinker Owens. Erxleben spent all but one game of his rookie season sidelined, first with a series of injuries and then with a blood disorder. KENNY WHO?: President Jimmy Carter, trying to convince "Houston Oiler fans that he knew something about their NFL team, referred to quarterback Kenny Stabler as "Sutler" at a $2,500-a-plate luncheon in Houston as a guest of sports agents Randy and David Hendricks. Near the start of his speech, Carter said, "The Oilers are a great team and Houston is a great city." Later, however, he referred to a recent Oilers loss to Pittsburgh in which Oilers receivers dropped eight passes. "I would like you to know that I am aware of some of your pressing local problems," Carter said, "and I'm sure that as soon as they get their timing down that Statler and his receivers will be winning games every week and put Houston back on top where they belong." STARR STRIKES AGAIN: If coach Bart Starr has any specific ideas about what is wrong with his Green Bay offense, he wasn't sharing them Monday at a news conference. He said the Packers simply had been outplayed in their 29-7 defeat to Detroit Sunday. Starr disputed a reporter's suggestion that the offense's problems might be traced to the Packers' game plans or the coaches' abilities or lack of same to react to changing circumstances during the flow of games. When another reporter said he thought the offensive players seem confused, Starr refuted the idea as "an easy cop-out." Asked why he thinks the breakdowns continue, Starr said, "I don't know." V STEELERS' INJURIES: The Pittsburgh Steelers said Monday that X-rays showed John Stallworth suffered a cracked fibula in the Steelers' come-from-behind win over Baltimore Sunday and would be out four weeks. Theo Bell, who bruised his ribs, will be out two weeks. Bucs from 1-C almost prepare myself for the worst. Really I just wanted to get a chance to prove myself." The chance comes Sunday. CALHOUN, A THIRD-TEAM All-American at Notre Dame, hails from Youngstown, Ohio, an area reputed to be the country's cradle for high Bchool football. He was drafted last year in the 10th round by Dallas or just ahead of Logan. He survived until the final Cowboys' cut, then lasted to the second -to-last cut with the Bears this summer. Calhoun (6-4, 260) has tinkered with every position on the defensive line, but the Bucs picture him strictly as a nose tackle. At Notre Dame, he played a variation of the nose tackle on certain plays. He becomes the second Notre Darner to suit up for the Bucs. The other was Terry Hanratty, a short-lived Tampa Bay quarterback in 1976. Calhoun received a scare in college when his weight plummeted from 260 to 206 between his junior and senior years. He has no explanation for it, other than the fact that he took up jogging then. "I really felt good at that weight," he said. Tests were administered, both physical and psychological. "They finally said my metabolism must have speeded up," he said. DAVID LOGAN . , . replaces Crowder it P M J-:. If ' "'-:' 4 ?V ' MIKE CALHOUN . , . joins Bucs. Now back to 260 pounds, Calhoun is left with three wardrobes of different sizes and the frustration of not knowing the formula for a dynamite diet. HE WORKED in Fort Lauderdale as an insurance adjustor last year and was in the process of finding more permanent employment when the Bucs phoned last Friday. Apparently Calhoun was on the club's list of candidates when they recently signed free agent defensive end Bruce Radford. Radford was placed on injured reserve last week with a minor hamstring injury to clear a spot for running back Tony Davis. Before Monday's workout, Calhoun said, "I feel confident enough in myself that I think I can play against Dallas." That appeared doubtful, though, when Calhoun panted through the rigorous practice, one that fellow lineman Dave Stalls described as "the toughest since I came here" a month ago. McKay said Calhoun nearly suffered heat stroke. "He'll help us when he's ready to play," the coach added. "Getting paid big money, you gotta be in shape. 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